'Penfold' Pillar Box
Abercromby Square, Liverpool University

Picture taken on Saturday 15th April 2006, donated by Jonathan P. Neill
Designer: John Penfold

Near the south east corner of Abercromby Square and its junction with Chatham Street is a hexagonal pillar box of the 1866 design by John Penfold, cast by Cochrane, Grove & Company of Dudley. A nationally uniform pillar box was first introduced in 1859, later a more attractive design was sought and the Penfold was introduced in 1866. It is hexagonal with acanthus decoration and is surmounted by an acorn. It came in three sizes and would at first have been painted green. From 1874 onwards all post boxes, old & new, were painted red. More recently, from 1989 onwards, replicas of this design have sometimes been placed in appropriate or historically sensitive sites but this is an original.

Sources: Pevsner Architectural Guides: Liverpool by Joseph Sharples & http://postalheritage.org.uk/

Alan Maycock 2007


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